What’s well overdue has become official: the NBA has approved the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, ushering former Microsoft CEO into his new role of owner while Donald Stering is on the outs.
After a long, drawn out battle that included threats of legal matter, actual legal process, and back-and-forth in regards, the NBA has finally pushed forward on an issue that was caused amidst the 2013 NBA playoffs. Per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, the NBA Board of Governs voting on the transferral of ownership last week electronically.
The NBA owners voted electronically last week to approve Ballmer. I’m told it was unanimous.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 12, 2014
In a statement released by the team, now Clippers owner Steve Ballmer released a statement on behalf of the transferral of ownership,
“I am humbled and honored to be the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,” Mr. Ballmer said. “Clipper fans are so amazing. They have remained fiercely loyal to our franchise through some extraordinary times. I will be hard core in giving the team, our great coach, staff and players the support they need to do their best work on the court. And we will do whatever necessary to provide our fans and their families with the best game-night experience in the NBA.”
The transferral of ownership has been a long awaited process for Steve Ballmer. On May 31st, it was announced the tech-mogul placed a bid of $2 billion in hopes of landing the franchise. Soon after the bid was placed, the NBA approved of the bid and hoped to award Ballmer as owner soon after at the following Board of Governors meeting, but a lawsuit between Donald Sterling and Shelly Sterling postponed the leagues ability to confirm ownership, putting the entire operation in jeopardy as the 2014-15 season closed. But a ruling by the courts in favor of Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Trust Fund allowed the league to move forward and oust Sterling once in for all.
In response of the transferral of ownership, Doc Rivers, head coach and president of basketball operations in Los Angeles expressed his excitement as the new era has taken form.
“This is an amazing new day in Clippers history,” said Rivers. “I couldn’t be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization. I am already inspired by Steve’s passion for the game, his love of competition and desire to win the right way and I know our players and fans are going to be inspired as well.”
For fans who are unfamiliar with Ballmer, the new owner–alongside the rest of the Clippers–will host a Fan Festival at Staples Center on August 18th at 12:30 PM to introduce the new regiment to the public.
The new era is here.